Forsaken forests

  • 29/06/1999

Forsaken forests   in the vast stretches of shimmering deserts of Rajasthan exist religious traditions deeply rooted in reverence for the environment. The forest-based religious system of Oran is one such tradition which has prevailed for centuries. Unfortunately, this self-reliant culture is fast disappearing as the desert economy tries to catch up with modern market logic.

The system involves selection of a piece of land in the settlement which is then dedicated to a particular god, goddess or legendary hero. Trees are planted and a forest developed on this piece of land which was called

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